Published! In a real Lit Mag!

12 May

Yes, it’s true! I finally found a home for my short story, ‘My Most Memorable Door.’ I’ve been trying to place this piece since late 2013 and I found out on May 1 that I’d been successful! My piece will run in the summer edition of The MacGuffin. The MacGuffin is published by Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. To tell you how close that is to me, I pass it when I go visit my best friend. It’s really cool to be recognized locally!

This is some of the biggest news I’ve received in years. My husband said the face I made was as excited as they day he proposed to me in 2011. I finally feel validated. Someone wanted my writing! They thought it was good. This is the second journal to publish my writing but the first time I’d met the publisher face to face and felt like that influenced her too much. It was also a brand new press that was in need of submissions. But this time, it’s a magazine that’s been around since the 80s and while I’m a local author to them, the piece is about New York City.

When I hear that you have to continue to submit and submit before finding the right fit for a piece, I’m discouraged. I did that and still didn’t hear anything back. Like I said, since late 2013, all I’ve heard was ‘No.’ I submitted to 14 magazines in total and it took that much for someone to say ‘Yes.’ It took five major overhauls, 2 writers groups (reading it 3 times) and 5 individual readers. Rome isn’t built in a day and not by a single person. I’m so thankful to those who helped me get this piece into the best shape of its life.

Look for another few posts about this as I get closer to the release date. I’m beyond excited to begin sharing my writing with the world!

Until next time, write on.

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13 Responses to “Published! In a real Lit Mag!”

  1. readingcook May 12, 2015 at 11:32 AM #

    Very exciting!! Congratulations!!

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  2. crimeworm May 12, 2015 at 1:20 PM #

    Huge congratulations! And well done for your determination. Remember, Stephen King papered his room in rejection letters. Hopefully you won’t do that, but I’m really happy for you – it’s a real validation of your work!

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    • Sam May 12, 2015 at 1:22 PM #

      Thank you so much! I read about that in ‘On Writing’ and I’ve kept a copy of every rejection letter I’ve received. I would be honored to do the same as King. He’s an amazing writer and a great person. Thanks for your support!

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      • crimeworm May 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM #

        That’s a great book for aspiring writers, I think – as well as dealing with the general c**p life throws at you and getting through it (I had necrotising fasciitis, the flesh eating bug, in my leg, so could relate to his health problems after that awful accident!) I picked up a book by PD James in the charity shop for 50p, Talking About Detective Fiction, which I’m looking forward to reading – she knew her stuff in that genre! It’s good to get support and encouragement from other writers – makes you feel less alone.

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  3. analeeluvsbooks May 12, 2015 at 6:14 PM #

    Wow, this must be super exciting for you! ❤ Congratulations! 😀

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    • Sam May 12, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

      Thank you!! I’m working through the submission packet tonight. Super excited!!

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  4. TheSkepticalReader May 12, 2015 at 9:16 PM #

    Congratulations! 🙂

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  5. churdan May 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM #

    Congratulations, Sam! I’m so happy for you. Perseverance, my friend.

    Diane

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  6. Blank Fiction Mag May 29, 2015 at 1:03 AM #

    Congratulations! It’s strange how validating an acceptance can feel. Best of luck in the future too.

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